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Beading workshops being held prior to art installation

Friday August 8, 2014
Beading workshops being held prior to art installation

Community events are being held in Thunder Bay by Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) local organizers before the main event in September.

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation that features over 1,300 pairs of unfinished moccasin tops, also known as vamps, to show the uncompleted lives of Indigenous women of Canada and the United States.

The art installation is set to hit Thunder Bay as well as numerous other cities across Canada and the United States.

Diana Lidemark, volunteer coordinator for WWOS, says the community events are mostly about information sharing. The group is also hosting beading workshops for people to work on beaded hearts, which will be involved in the main event come September.

“We don’t know how many we will have, and we haven’t decided how they will be displayed but they will be at the gallery with the vamps,” said Lidemark. “If people have begun beading a heart to contribute but aren’t finished we are hoping to start receiving them by mid-August.”

The main event will include events such as a film night, an artist talk, self defense sessions, a speaker series held in partnerships with Lakehead University, an art auction and coffeehouse.

All events are for WWOS are free for the public, and continue to fundraise and seek financial support for some of the events.

The beadwork is set to be arranged when the sisters are in Thunder Bay.

Anyone interested in volunteering or who would like to contribute a beaded heart can contact them at or visit their Facebook page.

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